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ABC-CLIO Invitation.

Posted on behalf of Devon Bell.

ABC-Clio. History Defined Discussing the Evolution of the Reference eBook

ABC-CLIO would like your voice to be heard!

Join ABC-CLIO on Sunday, June 29, 2008, at ALA Annual in Anaheim, CA. We’ll be hosting a focus group for academic librarians. These discussions will offer you an opportunity to express your needs and opinions on the future of eBooks.

Topics include:

  • Updating books and new editions
  • Designing your perfect system for reference eBook acquisition and access
  • Simplifying purchasing, processing, and administration
  • Purchasing vs. subscription

Library reference is changing: the nature of the products, media, and packaging; business models, policies and budgets; and even the way titles are found and ordered. Publishers and distributors are making changes to their models and systems every day. Now is the perfect time to voice what you want in reference eBooks. All attendees will receive $100 Clio Dollars to use toward the purchase of any ABC-CLIO print or eBook title. All attendees will also be entered to win an iPod Shuffle. If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by June 15 to Elizabeth Marotta at emarotta@abc-clio.com, or call 800-368-6868 ext. 346.

Attendance is limited, so register today.
Sunday, June 29, from 11am-12pm
Refreshments will be served.

The focus group will be held in the Lido A room at the Hilton Anaheim. The hotel is located at 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 98202, adjacent to the Convention Center.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to seeing you at ALA Annual.

Kindest regards,
The team at ABC-CLIO
130 Cremona Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
1.800.368.6868

Booth #1200 while at ALA.

ALA Program – The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View From the Top

Headed to Anaheim?  Mark your calendars for this not to miss event:

2008 ALA Annual, Anaheim
Monday, June 30, 2008 10:30 – 12:00
Anaheim Convention Center 204B
Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) sponsored program:

The Future of Electronic Reference Publishing: A View from the Top.

Top managers from reference publishing share their views about planning for tomorrow in a digital age and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Speakers:
John Barnes, Exec. V.P. Marketing and Strategic Planning, Gale/Cengage
Casper Grathwohl, V.P. and Publisher, Oxford University Press
Rolf Janke, VP/Publisher, SAGE Reference
Michael Ross, Sr. V.P. Corporate Development, Encyclopedia Britannica

Moderator:
Sue Polanka, Chair, Reference Books Bulletin Editorial Board

eBooks – Wouldn’t One Platform Be Nice?

If you’ve ever heard me give a presentation about eBooks, then you’ve probably heard my soap box rant about the plethora of eBook platforms.  I can’t stand it.  I look forward to the day when all of my e-content – reference, monographs, textbooks, whatever – will be on one consistent platform, fully searchable by keyword and every other possible facet.  With ALA Annual coming up in June, I am asking all of you who feel the same to please remind the publishers that we want one platform for our electronic content.  I know I’m not alone here.  I’ve just heard some rumors from a publisher that librarians in Japan asked for the exact same thing – one central platform!

Here’s an excerpt from my Nov. 1, 2008 article in Reference Books Bulletin about eBook platforms:

Make access a priority. The best way to drive business to e-reference is through the online catalog. Make sure all MARC records are in the catalog with persistent links to the e-books. Strive to use as few interfaces as possible. Our comparison chart lists 6 vendors, each with a unique interface and special features; how can we make things simpler? Purchase titles to own, and get the licensing agreement to provide a copy of the e-book in either the HTML, XML, or PDF version.   With this data, libraries can mount all e-book content on 1 platform, like Ebrary, or an open-source product, like XTF. Or purchase from vendors that support multiple publishers in one platform—Gale Virtual Reference Library is a good example. Another good option for access is through Paratext’s Reference Universe, which indexes the table of contents, entries, and thousands of print and electronic titles. It’s a deeper search than the catalog, uses one interface, and has persistent links to the article level of e-books and to the catalog record of print titles. When shopping around, talk to publishers about access, and remind them that fewer interfaces make for simple searching by users and librarians.